Benzema aims to win the World Cup
Karim Benzema waited more than five years to return to the French national football team and now he will want to win his first major title with the team. Benzema led France to the Nations League title after hitting the net in the semi-finals and final on Sunday, but unlike his colleagues Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, he was not in the squad that won the World Cup 2018. The 33-year-old Real Madrid striker made a superb performance in his second tournament appearance with France after last summer’s European Championship. “We will enjoy this title and then we will go to the World Cup (next year),” Benzema said after winning the 2-1 final against Spain in Sunday’s final, where he equalized with a superb shot. Despite Spain’s possession of the ball, France played calmly and Benzema and Mbappe decided the victory. France coach Didier Deschamps said that Benzema’s contributions to the national team go beyond scoring goals. He added: Benzema is an important player and he has proven that over the past two games. This is consistent with what he offers with Real Madrid. He is in great physical condition than before and more mature. He has the desire to win. “He is an important player for the future,” Deschamps added, after France avoided losing after trailing a goal for the seventh time this year. Above his talent, his personality and mental strength are important factors at this level. Benzema, who has scored six goals since his return to the national team, like Griezmann, added: I am proud of what I have done for a long time. Returning to the national team and winning makes me happy, this title increases my ambition in the future with the national team because this team has great potential. France needs to beat hosts Kazakhstan or Finland away from home next month to qualify for the World Cup finals.